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Five best travel documentaries to watch during coronavirus self-isolation revealed

Coronavirus has made the days seem longer and emptier as social events get cancelled and holiday plans get put on hold. Many Britons were just getting ready for summer to begin before lockdown thwarted their plans. But while some people have taken to dreaming about their holidays plans on Google Street View, others have decided to give some classic travel documentaries a go.

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From Louis Theroux to Simon Reeve, below are some of the most essential travel documentaries to watch while in self-isolation.

Simon Reeve

Simon offers what most documentary series do not – endearing enthusiasm that is infectious.

Who can really say they have been put in a bad mood by Simon Reeve?

From Ireland to the Indian Ocean, and Bangladesh to Columbia, Simon will take you on an adventure across the globe that is jam-packed full of information and stunning sites.

His documentary on the tropic of cancer sees him track 23,000 miles through deserts, mountains and simmering conflicts.

All Simon’s documentaries are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Louis Theroux

Louis’ documentaries are not travel-based per se but instead explore the people in various corners of the world.

The infamous documentarian has remained a favourite on our TV screens for decades with his programmes covering both the weird and the wonderful.

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His best series include Dark States, LA stories and Altered states which all cover the vast land of America.

The series looks at murder, drug addiction and the world of dogs in LA.

All of the above are available on Netflix or BBC iPlayer.

The Trip with Rob Bryden and Steve Coogan

Rob and Steve provide plenty of laughs in this hilarious travel documentary that sees the two men journeying to different locations while bickering.

The series has everything you want from a documentary: delicious cuisine, stunning scenery, local culture, inside jokes and lots of impressions.

Some of the series is on Netflix.

Michael Palin’s Around the World in 80 Days

Michael is a kind soul that immediately makes viewers feel relaxed and in safe hands as he takes you on a trip around the world in just 80 days without using aircraft.

Based on Jules Verne’s classic book of the same title, the documentary series sees Michael go from Egypt to Singapore, to America and back to the UK as he trecks around the world.

The series is available on Google Play.

Bethany Hughes

Bettany offers up a historical look at the Mediterranean.

Her documentary-style is serious rather than jokey but offers authority on the subject.

Rather than learning about the modern-day Mediterranean, the programme delves deeper into the past which makes you feel as though you have walked back in time.

Some of the series is available on Channel Five.

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Coronavirus: Gatwick Airport plans to shut down terminal as deadly pandemic takes its toll

London’s second biggest airport has been forced to shut down its north terminal thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has seen many airlines cancel their flights. Gatwick Airport has decided to temporarily shut its north terminal from the end of the month.

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The terminal is usually served by carriers including easyJet.

The decision is expected to be announced later today, according to Sky News.

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The drastic move is just one step away from a full airport closure.

Although, reportedly, the option to close the airport is still on the cards.

Earlier this week, London City Airport announced it would be closing completely for several weeks.

Meanwhile, Heathrow and Stansted have seen a huge plunge in passenger numbers as countries around the world prohibit travel.

Numerous regional airports are thought to be suffering with the same problem.

Currently, airport operators are in talks with the Government about rescue packages.

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak wrote to aviation bosses this week that support packages could be available to some individual companies.

However, this will only be made available once private sources of capital have been exhausted.

Gatwick is mainly owned by VINCI – the largest private airport operator in the world.

The London airport serves a massive 46 million passengers each year and flies to 230 destinations.

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Last week, Gatwick said that its chief executive Stewart Wingate, and his executive team would be taking a salary cut.

The team is expected to cut their pay by 20 percent and waive bonuses.

The airport also said it was cutting 200 staff who are on temporary fixed-term contracts along with contractors.

It is expected that further announcements of cost-cutting measures will be taken in the next few weeks.

Mr Wingate said last week: “Gatwick is a resilient business, but the world has changed dramatically in recent weeks and we have been forced to take rapid, decisive action to ensure that the airport is in a strong position to recover from a significant fall in passenger numbers.”

Gatwick airport has been approached for comment.

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Coronavirus: Australia sets up covid-19 hotels for new arrivals in tougher new measures

Covid-19 has led to some extreme travel measures but now Australia is setting up its new arrivals in hotels. But these aren’t the fancy hotels you would wish to relax and take a holiday in. The hotels are especially for new arrivals in Australia from overseas and will likely include some protective measures.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the measures on today, just a week after a cruise ship called the Ruby Princess saw 2,647 disembark in Sydney without being checked.

Since the cruise liner’s slip up, 162 of the ship’s passengers have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

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A Princess Cruises spokesperson said:”As NSW Health has stated publicly the Ruby Princess cruise that began in Sydney on March 8 was regarded as low risk for COVID-19. Notwithstanding this assessment, our onboard medical team was rigorous in its treatment of some guests who reported flu-like symptoms and these guests were isolated. In line with existing protocols, the ship reported these cases to NSW Health, which in turn requested swabs to be provided following the ship’s arrival in Sydney, some of which subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

“It is practice the world over that tests for COVID-19 are not conducted on board cruise ships. The protocol is for swabs to be tested by the relevant public health authority, and this was done in relation to Ruby Princess. Disembarkation of the ship was in line with the then existing process for health clearance for vessels on arrival in port.

“On disembarkation, guests were aware that anyone arriving in Australia from abroad, irrespective of whether it was by air or sea, would be required by the Australian Government to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This applied to Ruby Princess guests who arrived in Sydney from an overseas port, in this case from New Zealand.

“Princess Cruises has robust public health standards and practices that are based on the best international public health advice. Ships have sophisticated medical centres that are staffed by medical practitioners and other health professionals.

“The advice from NSW Health that COVID-19 had been confirmed among Ruby Princess passengers came as a disappointment. We share the public health authority’s concern and have worked closely with them to make direct contact with all passengers.”

From midnight on Saturday, which is at 12pm GMT today, all arrivals at international airports will be made to stay at hotels for two weeks for mandatory self-isolation.

The isolation will take place under the eyes of border force officials.

Once the two weeks is over, people will be able to return home.

Currently, 228 passengers from the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship are residing inside the Swissotel in Sydney’s CBD after being escorted in through the hotel’s backdoor at 4am.

The passengers were forced to wear masks, gloves and protective suits as they arrived.

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Passengers will also be given an $1,000 (£495) on-the-spot fines if they leave their hotel room.

Mr Morrison said that international arrivals will be put in quarantine in the city they touch down and won’t be allowed to catch a connecting flight to their home state.

He said: “States and territories will be quarantining all arrivals through our airports in hotels and other accommodation facilities for the two weeks of their mandatory self-isolation before they are able to return to their home,” he said.

“If their home is in South Australia or in Perth or in Tasmania and they have arrived in Melbourne, they will be quarantining in Melbourne.

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“If it’s in Sydney, it will be if Sydney. If it’s Brisbane, and so on.

“The ADF will be supporting those states and territories with compliance checks to ensure that people are at their residences, that they have so worn sworn they would be at, to ensure we get compliance with the self-isolation.”

Australia’s borders closed last week to foreigners, with only returning Aussies allowed to fly back to the country.

However, people on Twitter have mixed feelings about the Australian government’s latest measures.

One user said: “How much is the government going to pay hotels, caravan parks and any other accommodation facilities, for disinfecting their premises totally, after allowing international people into Australia again. No wonder there’s more coronavirus coming into the country!

“If people flying into Australia are put in hotels to isolate – fantastic.”

Another said: “But what about those who arrived here in the last two weeks, who are meant to be in their homes isolating but are not there?”

Another posted: “Enforced quarantine in hotels to all arrivals into Australia for two weeks is a good step by Scott Morrison and team.

“This is a huge element that has made Singapore, Taiwan and Japan so successful.”

But another passenger said they had arrived back in Australia last night and would not be quarantined.

They said: “Arrived in Australia last night after 26 hours. I now hear that if it was tomorrow I would be in a hotel in Melbourne for two weeks. I do feel for those that are yet to make it home.”

Another said jokingly, “In a nutshell, Australia is a holiday hotel masquerading as a nation.”

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Qantas flies world’s first direct flight from Darwin to London in a bid to rescue Britons

The airline will be making history today as their flight from Sydney will now go via Darwin and then make its way to London Heathrow. The unprecedented move is a desperate bid to try and rescue Brits stranded in Australia. The airline’s QF1 flight normally flies daily from Heathrow via Singapore.

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However, Singapore is now denying all airlines coming into the country.

So in a history-making move Qantas is instead making its first ever flight from Darwin directly to the UK capital.

The flight refuelled in Darwin for 90 mins after coming from Sydney and then took off at 11.46pm local time.

The Airbus A380 will make the 8,629-mile flight in 16 hours and 40 minutes.

The temporary route will only operate this week before Qantas suspends all international flights until May 31.

It is believed to be the first time a plane has flown direct from Darwin to London.

Onboard the plane are 20 customers with tour operator Titan Travel.

The holidaymakers were halfway through a huge 30-day Grand Tour of Australia which was cut short after the UK Government announced that all British nationals should try and return home immediately.

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It comes as NHS nurses accused the Government of abandoning them after they were left stranded in Australia due to flight cancellations.

Laura Mclaughlin, who has lived in Sydney for three years, organised a group of aged 50+ NHS staff who wanted to return to the UK to rejoin the health service to help combat coronavirus.

Ms McLaughlin worked as an accident and emergency nurse in a hospital in Southport, Merseyside.

She said she had been in contact with former colleagues in the UK about returning to help them out because the NHS was so short-staffed.

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She managed to secure a flight on the Darwin to Heathrow flight but she said there were doctors who are still looking to return to the UK.

She said: “We’ve been to the embassy, trying to get hold of people to help us, but we’re just getting no answers.

“I don’t think it’s good enough.

“We need to be prioritising flights for the NHS key workers to be getting home to be helping the pandemic.

“I have hopefully got this flight confirmed for tomorrow, but it’s still helping all the other people along the way trying to get home.”

She also said that one-way flights to the UK were now costing upwards of £6,600 which most nurses cannot afford.

She added: “We’re really keen to come and help but we’re all feeling a little bit like everyone has turned their back on us at the moment.”

Qantas also made history in March 2018 with its first direct flight from Perth to London.

The mammoth 9,009-mile journey took just over 17 hours.

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Canada flights: Air Canada suspends flights – can Britons return home?

Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic committee said it had decided to withdraw from the Olympics after consulting athletes, sports groups and the Canadian Government. The nation then called on the International Paralympic Committee (IOC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to call off the games for another year. A statement read: “While we recognise the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community.” Now Air Canada has almost suspended all of its regular international flights, leaving many Britons concerned as to whether they will be able to fly back to the UK.

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The airline has said it will continue to offer “international air bridges” between some cities throughout April.

The flag carrier airline – which serves more than 210 airports on six continents – is gradually suspending its flights by March 31.

The shock move is in response to the coronavirus pandemic which has seen more than 350,000 people infected across the globe.

However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel as the airline is looking to continue its flights between one or more of its Canadian hubs plus some major cities across the globe.

The cities include London, Paris Frankfurt, Delhi, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

But these flights will only be available from April 1 until at least April 30.

This will reduce the airline’s international network from 101 airports to just six which could leave many stranded.

The move will also include US transborder flights which will start to be reduced from April 1.

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The network will reduce its US network from 53 airports to just 13.

However, New York airports such as LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airport will still be served by Air Canada.

Boston, Washington, DC (ICA and DCA), Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale will also be included.

The US and Canada closed their borders to all non-essential traffic last week.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement: “These measures will last in place as long as we feel they need to last.

“In both our countries, we’re encouraging people to stay home. We’re telling our citizens not to visit their neighbours if they don’t absolutely have to.”

He also added on Saturday: “We will also be working with other countries to ensure that our airlines have the permissions and other supports necessary to fly.”

However, social media users are frustrated as to why flights are still arriving from China into the country.

One Twitter user said: “Not sure Canada shut down earlier. They were accepting flights from China last week.”

Another said: “Looking for something to do while hanging out at home? Load up Flight Radar and watch AAAAAALLLLLLLL the planes from China land in USA and Canada. Good times.”

Another said: “Why is Canada still allowing flights from China. To this day?”

One disgruntled user said: “President Trump stopped flights from Europe more than a week before Trudeau. Canada was one of the last countries to restrict travel.”

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Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel: Welsh tourist hotspot’s wartime memories

And as they met up and exchanged sweets and cigarettes they would carve their initials into the bark of the tree. That was just after the end of the First World War but the “signature tree”, as it became known, still stands today, as we found out during our break at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in North Wales. In the 1920s the castle, now a stylish Warner Leisure Hotels property, was the home of the exclusive fee-paying Lowther College for young ladies who, among other things, were taught to ride and play golf.

But, rumour has it, such was the number of amorous woodland assignations, the college principal had to have a direct phone line put in to the nearby army camp to safeguard the virtue of her charges.

Today, the castle attracts a slightly older set of visitors who want to relax, be pampered and entertained in an adults-only Warner property which sits in some 200 acres of Victorian parkland yet it’s just ten minutes drive from Rhyl, 20 minutes from Llandudno and an hour from Snowdonia.

The location means you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to filling your three or four-day break, especially as there’s a wide variety of activities included in the price.

During my visit, the crossbow, archery and rifle shooting classes were almost always fully booked while other guests opted to visit the spa, complete with adjoining indoor pool and gymnasium.

The less energetic preferred to take things more leisurely, with a walk, an afternoon quiz or even attending a make-up demonstration.

On one night my wife and I joined other guests for hot toddies before going outside, accompanied by a Scottish piper in full regalia.

As the last notes of his pipes faded away, there was a spectacular firework display against the backdrop of the Clwydian mountains.

Then it was in to dinner – baked pear, blue cheese and chestnut tart with fig chutney starter for me, followed by a main course of fresh salmon and smoked salmon Wellington with Kir Royale cheesecake, blackcurrant compote and chocolate sauce to finish – before we took our seats in the theatre for the show and party celebrations.

The whole event was done in such spectacular style, which is probably why guests book year after year (and booking is already open for next New Year). And there’s always plenty to do on New Year’s Day, including an afternoon pantomime.

We joined a guided tour of the grounds and estate, which was when we discovered the signature tree.

But the tour was to turn up even more surprises.

As we walked there was a rustling among the bushes and we spotted the resident deer with their splendid white stag leader.

Adjoining the forest there’s a formal walled garden where Victorian gardeners lit fires to heat the hollow walls to ensure the plants enjoyed temperatures four degrees higher than the surrounding land.

And if the First World War is of interest, the remains of trenches used by British and Canadian troops stationed at the nearby Kinmel Park army camp are still in evidence.

In their memory, a wartime trench system has been recreated, complete with officers’ mess dugout and regimental aid post, to show what the troops faced during the war on the Western Front.

It’s not currently open to the public as the land it sits on is for sale but if Warner buys the land – as seems possible – it will re-open.

From the trenches you can clearly see the 202ft spire of St Margaret’s Church.

Known as the Marble Church, it took more than four years to build, cost the equivalent of £7million in today’s money and features no fewer than 14 different types of marble, so is well worth a visit.

After our visit, we returned to Bodelwyddan to chill out.

While some guests were staying in the main building we had one of the new garden lodges, built just four years ago and the perfect place to relax.

Overlooking a large pool complete with fountain, the lodges offer all the comforts of home, with a spacious bedroom, large lounge and impressive en-suite with double-sized shower.

Creature comforts included tea and coffee-making facilities with daily top-ups, including fresh milk and biscuits, as well as two large-screen televisions.

In fact, the lodges are so comfortable that it was sometimes tempting not to make the short walk to the main hotel building – until it was time for dinner again, of course.

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Warner Leisure Hotels offers three nights on half-board at Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales, from £250 per person for arrival on April 24; four nights arriving on April 20 from £260 per person. Includes entertainment, use of leisure facilities and sports activities (warnerleisurehotels.co.uk) More info at visitwales.com

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Coronavirus UAE map: The top regions in UAE struck down by killer virus

Coronavirus cases are soaring across the globe with numbers rising daily in the so far 170 infected countries. The amount of cases globally sits at over 217,000 and it isn’t going to stop there. But what about the UAE? Which regions are most affected in the UAE by coronavirus?

What is happening in the UAE with coronavirus?

Coronavirus figures are rising every day, so keep up to date with the statistics here.

The UAE is currently nowhere near the top of the leaderboard when it comes to the number of cases per country.

The total confirmed cases is 113, which is nothing compared to the 80,894 who have been infected in China (even though most of Chinese sufferers have recovered now).

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Is it safe to travel to the UAE?

Yesterday, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a warning to those who have holidays booked to Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

Most people will not be able to visit the UAE, the government explained, with all visas being suspended on arrival.

Those who enter the country “may be tested on arrival and/or be required to self-isolate,” says the FCO website.

The advice went on to say: “Ordinarily, if you’re travelling on a British Citizen passport, you can get a visitor’s visa on arrival in the UAE.

“This visa allows visitors to stay in the UAE for up to 30 days.

“The visa terminates automatically on departure and a new visa is issued on arrival. each time the visitor returns to the UAE. Please check with your carrier before travel.

“For a fee, visitors already in-country before 19 March can extend their visa twice without leaving the country. Each extension is for an additional 30 days.”

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There is no specific information on which emirates are more affected in the UAE, but the total is included on the map.

What regions are in the UAE?

The United Arab Emirates is a country in Western Asia that consists of seven emirates.

The emirates are:

  • Abu Dhabi (the capital)
  • Dubai
  • Ajman
  • Fujairah
  • Ras Al Khaimah
  • Sharjah
  • Umm Al Quwain

What is happening in Dubai?

As of Wednesday March 17, Dubai authorities have banned the following services until the end of March:

  • Sea cruises
  • Desert camps and tours
  • Floating restaurants
  • Massage parlours and spas
  • Museums, historical sites and public libraries
  • Theme parks (including motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, LEGOLAND Waterpark Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai)
  • Tourist attractions (including Global Village, At The Top, Dubai Ice Rink and more)
  • Service of shisha in all cafés and coffee shops
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Nightclubs, bars, pubs and lounges
  • All public events (including but not limited to live music concerts and wedding parties)

Dubai residents have been asked to refrain from hosting weddings and parties at home.

What is happening in Abu Dhabi?

As of Wednesday March 17, the local authorities in Abu Dhabi suspended the following services until the end of the month:

  • Museums, historical sites and public libraries (including the Cultural Foundation, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Watan)
  • Theme parks (including CLYMB Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld )
  • Tourist attractions (including Al Ain Oasis, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Jubail Mangrove Park, click here for the full list)
  • Service of shisha in all cafés and coffee shops
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • All public beaches
  • All cinemas
  • Nightclubs and venues with a capacity of more than 400 people
  • All public events (including but not limited to live music concerts and wedding parties)

Shops in My City Centre Masdar City will open from noon until 8pm, with the exception of Carrefour, pharmacies and clinics.

Just like in Dubai, the authorities have also called for the public to stop hosting events at home, e.g. parties or wedding celebrations.

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Coronavirus no go zones: Will UK issue travel ban like Trump? Will there be ‘no go zones’?

Coronavirus cases are continuing to pop up across the globe as countries focus on containing the virus. On Tuesday, the cases in the UK grew to 51 as 12 new diagnoses were made.

This came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a press conference on Tuesday revealing the UK’s strategy for tacking coronavirus.

Coronavirus – COVID-19 – is a virus which impacts the respiratory tract, causing coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath and in extreme cases pneumonia and even death.

Around the world, there have been 92,269 cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began in December 2019.

Of these, 48,439 have recovered, and 40,699 are still sick. There have been 3,131 deaths globally.

The majority of cases are in China, where the virus originated, however, more and more cases of coronavirus around the world are appearing each day.

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Will UK issue travel ban like Trump?

In the United States, there are more than 100 instances of coronavirus across the country.

Now US President Donald Trump has imposed travel restrictions into the US from China and tightened already strict restrictions for Iran.

On Monday Mr Trump said he was looking into further travel limits “from certain countries where they’re having more of a breakout”.

However, he did not name specific countries.

In Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s press conference on Tuesday morning, the UK’s strategy for tackling coronavirus was outlined.

Travel bans are not currently in place, but if the virus continues to spread, unnecessary travel both within the UK and abroad could be halted.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the cancellation of large-scale events such as the London Marathon or the closure of schools was not currently being recommended.

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Despite this, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast there was a “significant” risk of the virus becoming more widespread.

He said: “There may be things that we have to do down the line that we may not want to, but we will need the powers to do that, hence proposing emergency legislation.”

This emergency legislation could give Border Force officers extra powers and make it easier for retired medical staff to return to duty.

At the border, officials could get greater powers to act if they spot people with the virus.

The Prime Minister said: “It is necessary to have some legislation in respect of things like school operations, borders, quarantine but these are exceptional and short term.

“They are not intended to last beyond the outbreak.”

Will there be ‘no go zones’?

As part of the ‘delay’ phase of the Government’s four-step coronavirus strategy, there is the possibility of “population distancing strategies” like closing schools, pushing for more home working, and reducing large-scale gatherings.

In Italy, some areas in the north of the country are on lockdown, however, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Tuesday it seems unlikely Britain will lock down any cities to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but the Government will keep all options open.

Mr Whitty spoke at the press conference alongside Mr Johnson and said: “Locking down a city is most useful when it is starting in one place with a high transmission in that place and nowhere else.

“It seems unlikely we will be in that situation in the medium to long term future but it is important that all the options are available to people.”

Are travel bans already in place?

Currently, there are no travel bans in place in the UK, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against travel to some areas.

The FCO travel advice cautions:

  • advising against all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. If you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so.
  • against all travel to the city of Daegu and all but essential travel to the city Cheongdo, in South Korea
  • against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in the Lombardy region and 1 in the Veneto region of Italy

For those who are travelling to or returning from any of the above areas, the Government may advise a period of self-isolation.

You can learn more about self-isolation here.

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Manchester airport: Will flights be cancelled this weekend as Storm Jorge hits?

Recent storms caused disruption to travel with winds reaching more than 90mph in some areas. When Storms Dennis and Ciara hit a week apart, severe winds and torrential rain caused misery for travellers across the country.

Now Storm Jorge is forecast to hit the UK this weekend, bringing another bout of heavy rain and severe winds.

With winds forecast to reach 70mph in some areas, those looking to travel may be facing delays and cancellations.

Terrifying videos taken as Storm Dennis hit showed pilots battling with the winds to land, and in some instances aborting landing altogether due to the weather conditions.

The weather conditions also broke records, with one flight from JFK airport in New York landing in London in record time due to tailwinds – just four hours and 56 minutes – when the usual flight time is six hours and 13 minutes.

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Will flights be cancelled this weekend as Storm Jorge hits?

For this travelling this weekend, it is too early to say yet whether flights will face cancellations or delays.

All will be revealed when Storm Jorge hits and airlines and airports review weather conditions.

If you are due to travel on Saturday and Sunday, it will be worth keeping an eye on your airlines’ social media, and any email, text or app alerts in regards to the weather.

On Saturday and Sunday, there are Met Office yellow weather warnings in place for wind, as a large swathe of winds will cross the UK through Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Areas under the wind warning are East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

The warning is in place from 12pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday, with wind gusts of up to 70mph possible.

This could cause issues for those travelling by rail, road and air.

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The Met Office warns to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely.
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves.

Coastal areas could see the strongest of the winds.

The warning states: “Strong winds will move into south-western parts of the UK by Saturday afternoon, and steadily move north-east through the course of Saturday evening and overnight into Sunday morning. 

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, and especially in association with heavier showers across England and Wales during Saturday afternoon.

“More isolated gusts of 65-70 mph, particularly on coasts and other exposed areas, are probable.”

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “From Saturday Storm Jorge will bring strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK, with potentially heavy snowfall being a hazard for parts of Scotland.

On Saturday and Sunday, the majority of the UK is covered by Yellow weather warnings with some areas being covered by more than one warning, indicating multiple weather hazards.

“The heavy rain warnings for parts of Wales, South West England and North West England are indicating that some isolated areas of Wales could see as much as 100 mm of rainfall.

“Storm Jorge is not expected to bring wind gusts as strong as Storms Ciara or Dennis, but it will still bring gusts of 60 to 70 mph in some exposed locations during the warning period, which ends at midday on Sunday.

“But it’s worth saying that parts of the south and east of the UK, once the rain clears early on Saturday, should often be bright, windy and cold over the weekend.”

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